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“One of the strongest, most beautiful, most poetic, most surreal, and most powerful places in nature.” This is how Philippe Starck sums up La Co(o)rniche Hotel in only a few words. The famed designer became tremendously familiar with this key landmark in France’s Pilat-Plage district as he was selected to breathe new life into the establishment.
The hotel prides itself on it’s mystically beautiful location and it’s aristocratic history. The hotel was built in 1930, “suspended between sea and sky, nestling between sand and pines,” where it was the main attraction for princes, grand dukes and aristocratic gentlemen. The hotel was the vision of an early settler and developer, Louis Gaume, who’s family still operates the hotel today.
Through the years the hotel has been a great escape for many but was in need of a special new touch to keep it’s soul alive. The Gaume family joined forces with William Téchoueyres; whom together brought on Mr. Starck to be responsible for the design of the hotel.
Starck took inspiration from the natural seas and surrounding sands along with the local French people. The designer explained: “through the meeting of scenery and nature beyond the grandiose, an old house which is the very symbol of the region and a block of life embodied in William Téchoueyres.” (Starck has described Téchoueyres as a “burst of laughter,” which resonates with him as inspiration for the establishment’s refurbishment).
The large, traditional Neo-Basque house is a trusting characteristic of the regional style which was introduced by Louis Gaume. Leading up to the house is a long patio made up of mismatched cement tiles woven together like an elaborate Persian rug. Once through the doors you are greeted by the hotel lobby which has been preserved intact. “Dark wood, frescoes and period furniture tells us of the friendly ghosts of times past, gallants and gentlemen, the leading stars of cinema, painters, writers and a crowd of anonymous faces, all of whom shared the rare experience of time spent here.”
To contrast the preserved lobby, Starck introduced “intelligent objects, for intelligent people, who come to this intelligent place”, which consist of quirky little sculptures and intriguing trinkets.
The refurbishment is said to be based around poetic ruggedness. With a large Murano glass chandelier by French artist Aristide Najean, and personal collages, photographs, and travel journals left by past visitors are pasted onto the bright yellow walls, all creating an atmosphere which poetically reflects the history.
The hotel rooms are designed to be refreshing and surreal. White is used as the dominant color with long floor to ceiling white sheer curtains which blow with the natural breezes. The furniture placement is indicative of Starck’s style, Most beds are boldly placed in the center of the room with the desks bucked up to the back of them. The room’s contain polished sculptures, each relevant to the village and it’s people.
(Photographs Provided By Stark Network)